Pulsar in Crab Nebula Has Four Poles, Astronomers Suggest

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 9, 2007   View Article

A pulsating star, or pulsar, in the Crab Nebula may be the first known celestial body to have more than two poles, astronomers said Monday.

Most pulsars are dipolar, meaning they have two magnetic poles: north and south. The radio waves that pulse from the poles are identical to each other.

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